All aboard for take off learning about Asia award seats, seat assignments, hotel best rate guarantees, British Airways fuel surcharges, Spirit miles, visit waterfalls, USA road trips, Bhutan and hostels.
TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order
Hacking Award Seats to Asia: All 177 Routes! By Hack My Trip. I appreciate all the work that went into this!
What to do When Your Seat Assignment Sucks. By The Jetsetter’s Homestead. Some great advice from one of the new blogs from someone who is knowledgeable about the subject and is quality minded.
The Complete Guide to Hotel Best Rate Guarantees. By Travel is Free. Great comprehensive infographic.
Dans Deals broke the news about British Airways now collecting fuel surcharges for US Airways international flights. Good post with only one card pumped
Another blog joined Prior2Boarding: Travelling the World.
Miles4More with a great post thinking out loud and from a macro point of view about “Planning and Funding Your Own Travel Savings Account“.
Loyalty Traveler with a great post for reference on “Hotel Programs that Count Award Stays for Elite Membership”
Complain about Spirit and get 8,000 miles. Big deal you say? I thought so too. Until I saw how these dudes over at DansDeals are hitting it for…magazines!
10 Dreamy Waterfalls. At Dashburst.
Great American Road Trips. At THE CHIVE
Absolutely stunning video about Bhutan. At The Adventure Blog. I should add this blog to the Blogs I Like one of these days!
30 Signs You Are Too Old To Stay In A Hostel. At Matador Network. LOLOLOLOL…Guaranteed!
From Inside Flyer July 2014 issue:
Reader Jason sent in a joke: “…Stephen Colbert is interviewing Satan over the phone from hell and Satan says, ‘Sorry I couldn’t be there in person but the only flight to New York was in coach on United Airlines, and I spend enough time in hell as it is'”. LOLOLOL.
IF interviewed Suzanne Rubin, President of American AAdvantage. There are three phases to the merger of the AA and US loyalty programs. “Reciprocity”, “Integration and Stabilization” and “Innovation”. I bet my Award Wallet balances the last phase will not be pretty for my readers #preparetobeshocked! No inside information, just gut feeling.
IF interviewed Chris McGinnis, editor of TravelSkills who also joined BoardingArea. He has been around travel for ever and was quite an accomplishment for the BA team to land him. Anyways, there is something he said which I thought was SO RIGHT ON that I think you should read too (page 43): “…I know I ‘ll catch a lot of flack for saying this, but I think what Delta (and Virgin America, Southwest, JetBlue) did makes a lot of sense and will improve the loyalty experience for true frequent business travelers in coming years. The airlines made a mistake when they started distributing applications for “frequent flyer” programs to everyone –even those who fly once or twice a year. That diluted the loyalty experience for the airlines’ best customers…the ones who pay the most (not those who flew the farthest). It opened the door to a wily generation of “gamers” who figured out how to snag more than they were entitled to by manipulating an admittedly imperfect system. The move to revenue-based programs realigns the system back to its initial premise: to reward truly frequent business travelers, those who fly 10+ times per year on non-discounted fares. If that’s not you, then sorry. If that is you, then get ready for things to get better. But it will take a while“. Bingo, exactly what I have been saying all along!
And I leave you with this…Hope it does not happen to you!
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